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THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, April 2016
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STORIES THIS MONTH
The Crawford Fund is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts activities to raise awareness of the benefits to Australia and developing countries from international agricultural research. It commissions studies on research policy and practice, and arranges specialist training activities for developing country agricultural scientists.

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2015 DEREK TRIBE AWARD WINNER
Dr MalikWe are pleased to announce that the winner of the Derek Tribe Award for 2015 is Dr R K Malik (pictured), a Senior Agronomist with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre’s (CIMMYT) Sustainable Intensification Program based in Bihar, India.

Dr Malik has been awarded for his outstanding contributions to improving and sustaining the productivity of the rice-wheat system of the north western and eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains. His work has led to benefits to the livelihoods of millions of farmers in India.

For Dr Malik's full citation, click here. For more information about the Derek Tribe Award, visit our website. We are looking forward to Dr Malik's visit to Australia to present the Derek Tribe Address later this year.
BENEFITS OF PARTNERSHIPS IN INDO-PACIFIC
The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee has been inquiring into the role of development partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness in promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and enhancing stability in the lndo-Pacific region.

Rice planting, CambodiaThe Crawford Fund has responded with a submission that emphasised the substantial benefits that Australia and its developing country partners in the Indo-Pacific region have had from decades of global and Australian investment in international agricultural research. It also highlighted Crawford Fund studies that confirm agricultural research for development not only continues to strengthen food and nutrition security in developing countries, but that it also benefits Australia and Australian farmers.


Denis Blight, our chief executive, was interviewed by freelance journalist Lisa Cornish about the inquiry and the Fund’s submission. You can read more about our submission and Lisa's interview on our website.
JOURNALIST VISIT IN TIMOR-LESTE
Food and nutrition security is a major challenge for Timor-Leste—subsistence agriculture is carried out by up to 80% of the population, but surpluses are not always produced and certain times of the year are marked by food scarcity across many villages.
 
Journalist VisitElizabeth Finkel (pictured centre), editor of Cosmos Science Magazine, and Sarina Locke, (right) national reporter for ABC Rural, have completed a 10-day visit to Timor-Leste with our Director of Public Affairs and Communication, Cathy Reade (left). The major aim of their visit was to see agriculture for development projects in the field.  Field trips were taken to meet Australian and Timor-Leste project leaders, researchers and farmers, for work across livestock, crops and fisheries. The projects looked at were supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ACIAR and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and included:
Further information about their visit and these projects is available on our website, and more links will be added as reports from Elizabeth and Sarina are available. The Crawford Fund’s Food Security Journalism Award for 2016 is now open—details can be found here.
SIR JOHN CRAWFORD MEMORIAL ADDRESS
Prof. Louise FrescoThis year’s Sir John Crawford Memorial Address is titled 'Food and Nutrition Safety and Security' and will be presented by Professor Louise Fresco (pictured), President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR, and member of the Steering Committee of the FAO High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition.

Among other things, Professor Fresco has conducted field work in over 50 developing countries, served on the supervisory board of Rabobank, currently serves on the Board of Unilever and is a published author and documentary maker.

We are all looking forward to her presentation
at our 2016 conference dinner on 29 August—keep an eye out for 2016 conference registration details as we update them on our website.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE SOON

The 2016 conference 'Waste Not, Want Not: The Circular Economy to Food Security' will focus on food loss and waste, and address issues along the supply chain—production, getting product to market, and the management and reuse of waste. The confirmed program will be online next month, but in the meantime, here is a glimpse of our confirmed speakers:

Keynote Speakers
Dr Karen Brooks, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets
Mr Daniel Lagger, Technical Director, Nestlé
Oceania

Overview Speakers

Dr Brian Lipinski, Associate in the Food Program, World Resources Institute
Professor Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and a member of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Agriculture
Dr Arief Daryanto, Director of the Graduate Program of Management and Business and a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Management, Bogor Agricultural University
Dr Alice Woodhead, Professor (Value Chains), University of Southern Queensland

In addition, a set of international and Australian speakers will present a group of case studies showcasing innovative examples of work underway in reducing food loss and waste in Australia and overseas, throughout the food system.
PAST AND FUTURE CONFERENCE SCHOLARS
2016 Conference Scholarships Open!

The Fund continues to encourage young people with a genuine interest in international agricultural development. Scholarships are now available for young Australian agricultural students and scientists to attend scholars’ and mentoring activities associated with the 2016 Annual Conference. For more information on how to apply, please visit our website.

Conference Scholars
                                              
The Crawford Fund Board and 2015 Scholars

Support our Efforts

We are also hoping individuals and sponsors from the public and private sectors will join us in our efforts to encourage young people in agriculture for development by supporting this scholarship program. To learn more about how you can support young people in their knowledge, study, careers and volunteering around food security, we have further information available
here.
Past Crawford Scholar Blogs

Recently we’ve been posting stories and blogs on the website from some of our past Crawford Fund Scholars.
You can read about Anika Molesworth's overseas trip with the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Miriam McCormack's Tasmania Committee travel award report, and Erin Pope's work experience in Ethiopia (pictured with her supervisors) learning about the importance of farm mechanisation.

Watch out for more reports and blogs from past Crawford Fund scholars on our website.
TRAINING UPDATES
Myanmar Train-the-Trainer Video

Train-the-trainer videoWe supported a train-the-trainer course in Myanmar, run by the University of New England, which aimed to strengthen institutional capacity, extension services and rural livelihoods in the central dry zone and delta regions of Myanmar.

The training messages and the participants were filmed during the workshop to create a visual resource for ongoing awareness and training for farmers to improve extension capabilities. The videos produced are now available (with English subtitles) via our YouTube site.

To read more about this workshop, and the ACIAR Myanmar Livelihoods & Extension Project of which the project was a part, click here.
International Coffee Marketing

Coffee Training GroupThe five P’s of marketing—Product, Price, Promotion, Place and People—were introduced to participants during a three-day training course in international coffee marketing earlier this year. The course was held in conjunction with the Thai Specialty Coffee Association festival in Bangkok, and attracted 26 participants from Myanmar and Thailand (pictured).

The training was organised conjointly by the Agriculture and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Thailand, and run by Peter Batt.       To learn more about the course, click here.

 
Managing Nematodes in Laos and more reports from our volunteers

NematodeNematodes cause many problems for small scale farmers in Lao PDR. In most markets, the roots of plants are visibly affected by Root-Knot Nematodes, and in many fields are patches of poorly producing plants.

Phetsamone Songvilay, from the Lao Plant Protection Center, is one of the few people able to identify nematode species in the country. With Dr Mike Hodda from Australia’s CSIRO, the Crawford Fund has helped Phetsamone and her technical staff to visit Thailand and Australia to learn more about nematode research and management, and about communicating the results. Visit our website to learn more.

In addition, our earlier newsletter noted we were receiving reports from our plant pathology volunteers also in Laos with Professor Lester Burgess. Additional reports from them can be found on our website.

 
EVENTS TO NOTE
We would like to highlight some other upcoming events that have a food security focus. The following events may be of interest:
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